Daughter accuses NY rabbi father of s...

Daughter accuses NY rabbi father of sex abuse

There are 9 comments on the Newsday story from Mar 2, 2009, titled Daughter accuses NY rabbi father of sex abuse. In it, Newsday reports that:

The daughter of an ultra-orthodox Jewish rabbi tearfully testified Monday how her father molested her for the first time at age 9, starting a pattern of abuse that prosecutors say lasted several years.

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Aaron Adamson

Burbank, CA

#1 Mar 2, 2009
It saddens me deeply to know that children of all faiths have been the victims of sexual victimization. I am a child of the Roman Catholic Church,but I know that I am the SISTER of all my fellow victims (both male and female, no matter what faith) who have suffered that UNSPEAKABLE of all crimes under GOD's Heaven, the sexual butchery and sexual slavery of HIS Children. These crimes committed by the most wicked and evil in our society, have caused the Most Innovent (HIS Children) to lose faith in a Loving and Mericful GOD. For That, There Is NO Forgiveness. PARENTS, LOOK TO YOUR CHILDREN!! LISTEN TO THEM!!!! BELIEVE THEM!!!!! No One Listend To Me, Or The Other 200 Victims Of That Pedophile Roman Catholic Priest.
SMP TURLISH

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Mar 3, 2009
Articles like the one above show the need for New York State to discuss, support and pass A.2596. It needs to be passed for the protection of all children of all faiths, of any faiths and of no faiths.
IT IS ABOUT THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!
And contrary to what you will hear from the institutional Roman Catholic Church, it will not decimate the ministries of the Catholic Church.
Nor will it bankrup the dioceses of New York State.
SMP TURLISH

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Mar 3, 2009
It is unconscionable and downright immoral for churches of any denomination to be opposing the removal of statutes of limitation and fighting allegations of crimes, known to be credible, in court on the basis of arbitrary statutes.
This is tragic and it speaks to the skewed value we as a society place on children, especially those victims of childhood sexual abuse.
Church history tells us that the problems of sexual abuse were seriously condemned in the earliest days of the church. Church Councils and Canon Law were very specific in their condemnations of sexual aberrations and just as specific as to punishments, sometimes even including death.
SMP TURLISH

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Mar 3, 2009
As members of a community of believers, the people of God, we say we are concerned with the rights of the unborn. We say we are concerned with protecting the rights of immigrants, legal or illegal. We say we are concerned with the trafficking of human beings.
But while we may take the moral high ground on these issues, many of us ignore the victims of childhood sexual abuse who are right in front of us and instead talk about the abuse victims who must be in it for the money along with their greedy lawyers, make inflammatory statements about the anti-catholic attitudes of anyone who would suggest accountability and the bias of just about every newspaper in the country, calling down God’s eternal wrath on them from time to time.
None of which does much to address the problem.
SMP TURLISH

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Mar 3, 2009
This is a continuing societal problem, a tragedy of unspeakable horrors which must be dealt with, but justice, like charity, has to begin at home.
We are all still waiting for that promised accountability and transparency even while then United States Conference of Catholic Bishops president Bishop Wilton Gregory was telling us that,“The terrible history recorded here today is history.”
No, it is not behind us as Gregory would have wished because church records, forced into the public venue by courts across the country and around the world, have brought that reality home to us with a vengeance.
Jesus said,“the truth shall set you free,” but when will the truth be known?
Pope John Paul II did not do what needed to be done and Pope Benedict has come and gone yet the tragedy continues and so does the heartache.
Real accountability requires that all arbitrary statutes of limitation, criminal and civil, on the sexual abuse of our children be removed and that a window of at least two years be provided to allow previously time barred cases to be brought forward in a court of law.
SMP TURLISH

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Mar 3, 2009
Justice and charity are what Jesus taught. He never said it was contingent on the price tag. The people of all states and religious persuasions deserve better and our churches should be leading the way, not building barriers that thwart access to justice.
I encourage all the people of New York State to get behind A.2596 for the protection of all children. We should not have laws on the books that give more protection to sexual predators than to the victims of these bottom feeders.
Moreover any institution who knowingly protected such individuals by covering up for them, lying to their parents or families, transferred them around the church community or diocese should be held accountable before God and society. It doesn't matter if it happened yesterday, last week, last year or twenty or thirty years ago. Everyone has to be responsible for their actions and that includes the leadership of any religious denomination.
Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
Victims' Advocate
New Castle, Delaware
[email protected]
(Sister is an educator and advocate who spoke before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees in support of Delaware's 2007 Child Victims Law which includes a two year civil window for previously time barred cases of childhood sexual abuse)
Paul Livingston

San Diego, CA

#8 Mar 3, 2009
See the u-tube below. Rabbi shot because he supports abuse victims comming forward. I testified with Rabbi Rosenberg to Senators.

Rabbi Nochem Rosenberg’s Testimony in Maryland just a couple weeks ago. Any questions or need help reporting abuse call me Paul6196777133or email me at [email protected]

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/rabbi-noche...
cindy lou

Skokie, IL

#9 Mar 3, 2009
If in fact she was molested or feels she was, she is doing the right thing and this should be discussed with her teacher, local police, or possibly her Mother and relatives. The fact that he is a Jew is not the issue...the act is the issue. He is her father, not her
religious leader. As a religious leader he should be stopped, as well.
cindy lou

Skokie, IL

#10 Mar 3, 2009
OH, yes. My feelings are the same about any father, religious leader of any religion. I'm not a Jew and my non-Jewish father was very much involved in what he thought was appropriate dress while I was in high school. I moved out during college.

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